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Stone Cali-Belgique - Stone Brewing Co.

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89
very good

2,527 Ratings
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Ratings: 2,527
Reviews: 960
rAvg: 3.99
pDev: 11.78%
Wants: 74
Gots: 167 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Stone Brewing Co. visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
Belgian IPA |  6.90% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: gpogo on 07-23-2008)
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Photo of cvm4
4.08/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours a clear orange/amber with a frothy white 2 finger head. Great lacing as it does down.

S - Belgian yeast esters on the forefront that is supported by light citrus to floral hops.

T - The yeast dominates just like the smell. The citrus hops & floral goodness leaves a light bitterness on the end.

M - Not a heavy body, a bit thin but has medium carbonation.

O - The belgian influence really plays well off the IPA aspect of this beer. Is nice to drink for a change of pace beer.

cvm4, Feb 17, 2013
Photo of DavidST
4.45/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I love the regular Stone IPA, so I have high hopes for this.

Poured into a wide mouthed glass from a bomber with a best before date of 8-11-11 (very nice when did stone start this?). It pours nice, the color is golden with a white head which leaves a little lacing. The smell is of citrus and pine hops with a sweet smell, perhaps the belgium yeast and spice notes. The mouth feel is medium (on the low end) thickness. The taste is pretty great, you a light belgium funk taste and its slightly sweet which is followed by a very hoppy taste on the way down and a bitter pine after taste follows, very good, I don't get quite as much citrus as the regular IPA.

Overall, this is a pretty great IPA, if it didn't cost almost twice as much as the regular Stone IPA, I'd get it quite often. Very good.

DavidST, Jun 30, 2011
Photo of Lunch
4.13/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served from a 22oz. bottle purchased from The Wine Source in Baltimore, MD into my Stone Cali-Belgique glass at the appropriate temperature (02/11/10).

A: Pours a nice, hazy, golden blond capped with a fluffy and creamy off-white head of about three fingers. Beautiful ringed lacing is left on the inside of the glass. Really nice looking beer.

S: Aroma of citrus hops with a nice Belgian flair from some unique yeast.

T: Wonderfully crisp and fresh flavor profile consisting citrus hope with tones of orange peel, lemon, and some mild grapefruit. Some bitterness is found and increases with each sip leaving a great aftertaste. The Belgian yeast works beautifully creating a west coast Belgian IPA. Very well done.

M: Medium-bodied with with moderate and somewhat creamy carbonation. Rather crisp, yet bitter and no real hint of the 6.9% abv.

D: Extremely drinkable and rather refreshing.

Overall this is one of my favorite Belgian IPAs and certainly one that has everything you would expect from Stone. Another solid beer from Stone. Recommended.

Lunch, Feb 18, 2010
Photo of PeprSprYoFace
4.22/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a not completly clear amberish yellow. Nice white head formed at the top but dissapated quick. Nice lacing.

Smell is so awesome. The Belgian yeast esters mixed with the hoppyness of the IPA is out of this world. Probably one of the nicest beers I have smelled.

It smells better than it tastes. It's a very good beer but I like the smell of it alot better. It tastes like a tripel mixed with a stone IPA. Very tasty.

Mouthfeel is good. No complaints.

Overall I will have this again. It is a very good brew. I will especially get it if I see it on cask or tap.

PeprSprYoFace, Mar 04, 2009
Photo of leroybrown10
4.25/5  rDev +6.5%

leroybrown10, Jul 16, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +12.8%

brentblack1, Sep 07, 2012
Photo of jeffjeff1
4.22/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was really good.

Appearance- copper color, good head retention, transparent

Smell- floral hops

Taste- excellent, hoppy

Mouthfeel- medium bodied

Drinkability- very drinkable, really good, will be drinking it again, Stone has always done a great job and I am not surprised that this one is awesome.

jeffjeff1, Jul 11, 2009
Photo of BostonPhilly
3.5/5  rDev -12.3%

BostonPhilly, Jun 24, 2013
Photo of anticipation23
3.75/5  rDev -6%

anticipation23, Sep 09, 2013
Photo of Wetpaperbag
3.45/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A- Thick foamy frothy head. The beer is golden amber in color.

S- This has a nice smell. Clove and banana with a mix of hops. Great combination of Belgian yeast with hop taste.

T- The taste is unique. The hops are quite bitter, yet there is a nice clove taste mixed in that comes and goes. But I think the hops are a bit too bitter. They should be sweeter to combine with the clove taste.

M- The feel is good and smooth. The hops do have their way with the palate.

D- Easy to drink, but I think I would rather have my Belgians taste like Belgians and my IPAs taste like IPAs.

Wetpaperbag, Mar 06, 2009
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4/5  rDev +0.3%

chcfan, Nov 17, 2011
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4.24/5  rDev +6.3%

rkarimi, Mar 02, 2014
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4/5  rDev +0.3%

kornkid8600, Dec 08, 2011
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4/5  rDev +0.3%

beerman999999, Nov 23, 2011
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4.25/5  rDev +6.5%

throwback, Nov 14, 2011
Photo of MPSTARR
4.5/5  rDev +12.8%

MPSTARR, Aug 16, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +12.8%

lccrunchy, Apr 12, 2012
Photo of dcguitar
4.25/5  rDev +6.5%

dcguitar, Mar 08, 2013
Photo of zaphodchak
4.28/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I've had this on draft, where the hop character varied (apparently due to line issues), but this review is for a taste from a bottle.

Bright goldenrod body and thinnish white head that diminishes into some nice lacing.

Nose is hops, but more complex than that; mysteriously, I kinda get seaweed from this in a bottle, which is odd. Faint pineapple and coconut. A bit of apricot.

Taste is magnificent, complex, some hops (not overpowering) and also tartness, some white grape and orange-- very approachable yet quite complex.

Mouthfeel is incredibly creamy and complementary to the style.

Overall this is one to convert people to pale ales, quite refined.

zaphodchak, May 12, 2011
Photo of Nage37
3.5/5  rDev -12.3%

Nage37, Feb 20, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +6.5%

srw, May 06, 2012
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4/5  rDev +0.3%

zenithberwyn, Nov 10, 2013
Photo of BigJim5021
4.25/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nice copper hue with a big white head that leaves a whole lotta lacing.

Big floral hops meet the familiar Belgian yeast aroma that I love so dearly. Neither of the two overpower one another, striking a nice balance.

The flavor -- while slightly heavier on the floral and citrus hops than Belgian yeast byproducts -- is pretty well balanced between the two competing profiles. The finish is a nice combination of slight sweetness and big hops.

Mouthfeel is very crisp and damned dry.

Drinkability is pretty high. While this is in no way my favorite Belgian IPA to date (Houblon Chouffe, I'm looking at you), it's a really tasty brew. If Stone were to offer it in sixers, I would definitely grab one from time to time to spice things up a bit (no pun intended... ok, maybe a little bit).

BigJim5021, Sep 18, 2009
Photo of JamnesCameron
4.03/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bomber poured into a New Belgium tasting glass.

Appearance - golden orange with a slight haze and lots of cream colored head. Leaves plenty of lace down the sides of the glass.

Smell - peppery, yeasty, very much like a saison, with a generous hop aroma like a west coast IPA.

Taste - earthy funk with a good bitterness from citrusy hops. Astrigent dryness at the end of the sip, more from the hop bitterness than the mashing and fermentation methods.

Mouthfeel - medium body, not as dry as most saisons, a little more filling. Nice carbonic bite and slick creaminess. The hop bitterness begins to dull the tastebuds about half-way through the bottle.

Drinkability - very drinkable, very refreshing. Might make a good session beer, but would likely fatigue the tastebuds after a while.

JamnesCameron, Sep 24, 2010
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4/5  rDev +0.3%

BdubleEdubleRUN, Jun 12, 2012
Stone Cali-Belgique from Stone Brewing Co.
89 out of 100 based on 2,527 ratings.